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High School Equivalency Program

Let us help you complete your high school education.

In 2014, we became the High School Equivalency Program (HSE); formerly the GED Program. GED® is one of the High School Equivalency tests you may take to earn your HSE diploma.

There are two parts to Gaston’s HSE Program:

  • Adult Basic Education
  • High School Equivalency

We offer day and evening classes at the Dallas and Lincoln Campuses. All classes are FREE.

 High School Equivalency Preparation

  • Some students may need to refresh their basic skills in reading, math, and writing before they begin the High School Equivalency program. Adult Basic Education (ABE) provides basic skills preparation for adults who are not ready to begin High School Equivalency materials. ABE focuses on developing the skills to get a job, including reading, math, writing, and critical thinking. High School Equivalency focuses on the preparation for the GED® exam, which includes four tests in the areas of Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA), Social Studies, Science, and Math.
  • Students must first attend our Basic Skills Student Success Class (BSSS). During BSSS students are given placement tests to determine their reading and math skill levels.
  • Students are assigned to content specific review classes to prepare for High School Equivalency testing. Instruction is provided in a structured classroom program. Study site hours vary depending on site location. Practice tests are given to determine when a student is ready for the High School Equivalency Test. For more information, call 704.922.6320.

First Steps

A free, 3-day, Basic Skills Student Success (BSSS) class is required for all new ABE/HSE students.

If you are 16 or 17 years of age click here for special “Minor Paperwork” information which you and a parent or guardian must complete prior to attending a Basic Skills Student Success class.

During BSSS students take part in the following activities:

  • Take placement tests to determine their reading and math skill levels and class placement.
  • Explore career options and college programs.
  • Learn test-taking skills, how to self-advocate, tips on being a successful college student, conflict resolution, and much more.

BSSS classes are conducted on both the Dallas and Lincoln Campuses.

We offer morning, 9 am to 12 pm or evening, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm classes. BSSS is a 3-day class; starting on a Tuesday and ending on a Thursday. Potential students must attend either a morning or evening class and attend all three days.

Please bring with you the following two official documents:

  • State/government issued ID card or Driver’s License or passport
  • Social Security Card or Tax Identification Card

Click for this semester’s BSSS schedule.

For more information call our BSSS Information line:

  • Dallas Campus: 704-922-6376
  • Lincoln Campus: 704-748-5226

There is no cost for the BSSS class.

 

High School Equivalency (HSE)

High School Equivalency classes focus on the preparation for the GED ® Test. There are four tests that make up the GED®: Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA), Social Studies, Science, and Math.

Students are assigned to content specific review classes to prepare for High School Equivalency testing. Instruction is provided in a structured classroom program. Study hours vary depending on site location.

We offer day and evening classes at the Dallas and Lincoln Campuses. All classes are free of charge.

We offer the following classes on our two campus locations:

Dallas Campus, Life Skills Building

  • Algebra & Geometry Review
  • HSE Review
  • Fast Track

Lincoln Campus

  • HSE Review

The instructor and student work closely to determine when the student is ready to take tests. Practice tests are given to determine when a student is ready for the official GED® Test.

 

Adult Basic Education (ABE)


The Adult Basic Education (ABE) program is designed for adults, 16 or older, who are no longer enrolled in high school and need to refresh their skills before entering the HSE Program. The major objective of the program is to provide instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics.
All new students take the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) as a placement test for our program. The score determines the classes a student will take.The Adult Basic Education (ABE) program is designed for adults, 16 or older, who are no longer enrolled in high school and need to refresh their skills before entering the HSE Program. The major objective of the program is to provide instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics.

ABE classes focus on developing the skills to get a job and prepare for High School Equivalency classes. These skills include reading, math, writing, technology, and critical thinking.

Students are assigned to content specific review classes. Each class has an instructor who not only “teaches” but makes use of technology and relates learning to the real world.

We offer the following classes on our two campus locations:

Dallas Campus, Life Skills Building

  • Basic Reading, Math, & Language Review
  • Reading & Writing Review
  • Math Review

Lincoln Campus 

  • Reading, Math, & Writing Review

 

Minor Paperwork

Gaston College does serve 16 and 17 year olds but the following requirements must be met:

  • Student must have fully withdrawn from public school.
  • Student must have the required documentation:
    • State issued ID card or Driver’s License or passport
    • Social Security Card or Tax Identification Card
  • Completed Minor Packet
    • North Carolina Dropout Prevention/Driver’s License Guidelines
      • Must be signed by student and parent or guardian
    • Special Petition
      • Must be completed by student and parent or guardian
      • Parent or guardian’s signature must be notarized
    • School Release Form
      • Must be signed by last Principal
      • District Superintendent’s signature (if student has been officially withdrawn less than six months.

A high school transcript is not required.

Minor Paperwork can be requested in the Life Skills Building on the Dallas Campus or in the Life Skills Office on the Lincoln Campus.

 

High School Equivalency Transcript

Upon successful completion of the GED® tests, you will receive a congratulatory email from GED Testing Services. The email will include a link for requesting a diploma, your transcript, and a link to send to colleges or employers that you have earned your HSE.

Gaston College is unable to verify or provide HSE diplomas or transcripts. Visit either of the links below to request your transcript or replacement diploma.

North Carolina Community College System Office:

http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/college-and-career-readiness/high-school-equivalency/high-school-equivalency-records

GED Testing Service

https://ged.com/   At the top of the screen click on Request Transcript

 

High School Equivalency Voucher Program

  • The fee for GED® testing is $80.00 (as of May 2014).
  • Gaston College offers a High School Equivalency Voucher Program to students who meet the following requirements:
  1. Attend BSSS.
  2. Pre and Post TABE Test; achieve required score.
  3. Achieve required score on an Official GED Practice Test.
  4. Earn a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)
  5. Complete Scholarship Petition Form.
  • Upon successful completion of the High School Equivalency tests, the student will receive a high school equivalency diploma.

Graduation

Each spring Gaston College Basic Skills Program conducts a formal graduation ceremony for the graduates from the previous year.

  • Students will receive a letter in February with information regarding the graduation.
  • Students will be required to purchase a cap and gown for the event.

Family and friends are welcome to this special occasion.

Contacts

Belinda Butler, Secretary – Dallas Campus
butler.belinda@gaston.edu
704.922.6545
LIF 116

Tonya Propst, Secretary – Lincoln Campus
propst.tonya@gaston.edu
704.748.5205
LC 102